The American River Current

Viar set to remain president of ARC

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

May 3, 2012

The Santa Barbara Community College District’s board of trustees concluded its nationwide search for a new president on April 26 with the appointment of Dr. Lori Gaskin as superintendent-president, according to a press release from SBCC's Public Information Officer Joan Galvin. In addition to Viar,...

Viar up for top position in Southern California

Viar up for top position in Southern California

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

April 18, 2012

Dr. David Viar, president of American River College, is in the running to become the next president of Santa Barbara City College according to the president of SBCC’s board of trustees, Dr. Peter Haslund. Viar confirmed his candidacy in an April 12 interview with The Current. “I am one of four...

Religion’s future lies in hands of spiritual youth

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

April 18, 2012

According to recent statistics published by The Pew Forum, 44 percent of young adults entering their freshman year of college are regular churchgoers. By the time young adults enter their junior year of college, the percentage drops down to 25 percent. In a nation where 70 percent of the population claims...

Thompson Square’s Keifer Thompson opens up about touring, trophies and diggin’ ditches

Thompson Square’s Keifer Thompson opens up about touring, trophies and diggin’ ditches

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

April 16, 2012

Country music’s newest sensations, Thompson Square, are the married duo of singers Keifer and Shawna Thompson. Their self-titled debut album released in 2011 was the No. 1 Most Played Record of 2011 (according to Mediabase), has won three American Country Awards, scored two Grammy nominations and sol...

Country’s most buzzed about new band Thompson Square excites Sacramento crowd out-performing headliners Lady Antebellum

Country’s most buzzed about new band Thompson Square excites Sacramento crowd out-performing headliners Lady Antebellum

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

April 16, 2012

Although Lady Antebellum may have been the headliners of a trio of country acts that performed in front of a sold-out Sacramento crowd on March 29, it was a husband-and-wife country duo named Thompson Square that captured the evening's most enthusiastic reception. Shawna (a dead-ringer for Shania...

Secondhand Serenade rivets Sacramento audience who can’t help but fall for them

Secondhand Serenade rivets Sacramento audience who can’t help but fall for them

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

April 15, 2012

John Vesely, better known as the one-man band Secondhand Serenade, performed a captivating nine-song set to a packed crowd of “emo-ites” at Sacramento’s Ace of Spades club on March 19, 2012. The charismatic Bay Area native, who was raised and still lives in Menlo Park, Calif. (a small city situated...

Secondhand Serenade’s John Vesely dishes about his fans, touring with Boyce Avenue and his upcoming album

Secondhand Serenade’s John Vesely dishes about his fans, touring with Boyce Avenue and his upcoming album

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

April 11, 2012

Prior to a March 19 tour stop at Sacramento’s Ace of Spades club, The Current’s Mark Lewis was given the chance to sit down opposite John Vesely who you may know better as the one man band Secondhand Serenade. Vesely is an extremely popular musician who’s accomplished yet grounded and passionate. Dur...

ARC president Dr. David Viar in running to become next president of Santa Barbara City College

ARC president Dr. David Viar in running to become next president of Santa Barbara City College

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

April 11, 2012

Dr. David Viar, president of American River College, has been named one of four finalists to become the next president of Santa Barbara City College according to the president of SBCC’s board of Trustees, Dr. Peter Haslund. Viar’s office said Wednesday that he would be in a board meeting all day...

Recording artist Alyssa Graham talks jazz, Jersey and Whitney Houston

Recording artist Alyssa Graham talks jazz, Jersey and Whitney Houston

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

April 8, 2012

Have you ever heard of Alyssa Graham? If you haven't - you’re probably not alone. Here's your chance to discover an artist on the cusp of notoriety. In an exclusive interview with ARCurrent.com, singer-songwriter Graham sits down with Mark Lewis on March 17 at San Francisco's Hotel Utah. Following th...

Alyssa Graham: Precisely what you’re missing

Alyssa Graham: Precisely what you’re missing

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

April 8, 2012

Alyssa Graham hit San Francisco’s Hotel Utah on March 17 to perform for an intimate crowd of 50 people lucky enough to be granted the privilege of listening to one of music’s best unknown artists. In 2008, powerhouse online music retailer iTunes named Graham, a soulful singer-songwriter, as their...

“The Voice’s” Dia Frampton speaks exclusively to ARCurrent.com

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

March 26, 2012

The second season of NBC’s hit television series “The Voice” premiered immediately after the Super Bowl to a record 39.6 million viewers. The singing competition featuring coaches Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine is a cultural phenomenon and The Current’s Mark Lew...

American River College meets “The Voice’s” Dia Frampton

American River College meets “The Voice’s” Dia Frampton

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

March 26, 2012

Fan favorite runner-up of last year’s inaugural season of “The Voice” brought the only thing that mattered to a sold-out March 15 crowd at Sacramento’s Power Balance Pavilion – her pipes. The 26-year-old Dia Frampton performed a six-song opening set for headliner Blake Shelton whose country...

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